The issue of leadership in schools is at centre stage of the reform movement in Hong Kong, as it is in many other places around the world, especially where significant authority, responsibility and accountability has been shifted to the school level. In Hong Kong, that shift is known as the School Management Initiative. Related approaches elsewhere are known as local management, school-based management, site-based management or self-management. The focus in this paper is the notion of ‘the self-managing school’. The key source, including the centre-piece of thirty strategic intentions for school leaders, is the third book in a trilogy on self-managing schools.